Jharel Cotton
Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Continues impressing Friday
Jharel Cotton, RP, OAK
8:50 PM
News: Cotton, the frontrunner for the fourth spot in the rotation, was impressive again Friday, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

The young right-hander has been wowing in early workouts and continued his impressive stretch of performances in Friday's session. Cotton's dominance of hitters led manager Bob Melvin to remark that "the deception just stands out with him. He's got an assortment of breaking pitches." Cotton is slated to see his first Cactus League action Tuesday versus the Indians.

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Liam Hendriks
Athletics' Liam Hendriks: Elects not to play in WBC
Liam Hendriks, RP, OAK
8:50 PM
News: Hendriks has decided not to pitch for Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

His decision to withdraw from the WBC does not appear to be injury-related, but instead just a personal decision not to go. The 28-year-old right-hander will now have the opportunity to spend the entirety of spring training with the Athletics, as he looks to get himself ready for another season in Oakland's bullpen.

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Ryan Garton
Rays' Ryan Garton: Sits with illness
Ryan Garton, RP, TB
5:50 PM
News: Garton will not pitch in the Rays' first spring training game Friday due to illness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

He should be good to go in a couple days. Garton posted a 4.35 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 37 games in his rookie season and is expected to take over a middle-reliever role to begin 2017.

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Sean Doolittle
Athletics' Sean Doolittle: Throws first bullpen of spring
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK
5:05 PM
News: Doolittle threw his first bullpen session of spring training Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Plagued by shoulder issues over the past two seasons, Doolittle appears to be getting back on track as spring games begin. The left-hander has shown he still has potential, posting a 3.23 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a 45:8 K:BB ratio in 44 games last year. Barring any setbacks, expect Doolittle to compete for a setup role in the Oakland bullpen when he returns to game action.

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Ross Detwiler
Athletics' Ross Detwiler: Returns to Oakland with new pitch
Ross Detwiler, RP, OAK
4:35 PM
News: Detwiler, a non-roster invitee to spring training who spent time with the A's last season, developed a cutter this offseason, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "It's just another look, all my pitches fade off arm-side so I have something going the other way," Detwiler said. "It puts something in the hitters' heads, they can't necessarily dive out."

After tossing eight scoreless frames in his Oakland debut last Aug. 11, Detwiler struggled the rest of the way, finishing the 2016 campaign with a 6.10 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 48.2 innings. The 32-year-old decided to add a cutter to his arsenal this offseason at the encouragement of A's coaches Curt Young and Scott Emerson and has had some early success with it in bullpens this spring. Bruce Maxwell, who's caught the veteran in those sessions, has noted the pitch has "got late break to it" and could be key in Detwiler's quest for a roster spot. The veteran southpaw is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut in Saturday's opener against the Cubs following starter Jesse Hahn.

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James Pazos
Mariners' James Pazos: Vying for bullpen spot this spring
James Pazos, RP, SEA
4:25 PM
News: Pazos, a hard thrower who arrived in Seattle via trade on Nov. 18, could stick as a left-handed relief option out of the bullpen with a strong spring, Owen Perkins of MLB.com reports. "Pazos, being left-handed, would be a nice fit for us, if it clicks there," manager Scott Servais said Thursday. "You always get excited by power."

The 25-year-old southpaw spent five seasons in the Yankees organization, whiffing an impressive 243 batters over 215.1 innings in his minor league career. He hasn't fared anywhere near as well in multiple major league stints, however, generating a 5.40 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 8.1 frames between the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Pazos' impressive stuff is somewhat sabotaged by his command, an area that he's trying to hone in on this spring in an effort to secure a spot as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen.

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Mason Melotakis
Twins' Mason Melotakis: Improved, but not yet throwing
Mason Melotakis, RP, MIN
3:55 PM
News: Melotakis (oblique) has shown improvement, but is not yet throwing, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The 25-year-old was held out of pitching activities this week, a trend which could continue in the coming days. Melotakis is competing for a spot in the Twins' bullpen after registering a 2.97 ERA and a 42:12 K:BB ratio last season with Double-A Chattanooga.

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Bryan Shaw
Indians' Bryan Shaw: Throwing football in camp to perfect his cutter
Bryan Shaw, RP, CLE
3:00 PM
News: Shaw has been throwing a football to help reinforce his mechanics for his cutter, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Over the past two seasons, Shaw has completely ditched any type of fastball other than his cutter. According to FanGraphs, he threw it on a career-high 81.5 percent of his pitches (by far the most of any pitcher in MLB) last year with an average velocity of 93.4 mph. The Indians' reliever appeared in 75 games last season and his career-high 25 holds left him just three shy of tying for the AL lead in that category. Shaw is in line for another hefty workload in 2017, and owners can expect similar numbers to those he's put up over the past three seasons in Cleveland.

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Logan Ondrusek
Orioles' Logan Ondrusek: Could be back in action soon
Logan Ondrusek, RP, BAL
1:20 PM
News: Ondrusek (ankle) is improving and could return to a mound soon, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

He was dealing with ankle soreness and swelling earlier this week, but the right-hander may be fine to resume baseball activities in the coming days as organizational relief depth.

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Bo Schultz
Blue Jays' Bo Schultz: Contending for Opening Day relief job
Bo Schultz, RP, TOR
12:00 PM
News: Schultz is one of many candidates vying for the few remaining spots in the Jays' Opening Day bullpen, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

Schultz is out of minor-league options, which may actually help his chances of making the team. The 31-year-old has made 51 relief appearance in the majors, all of which came over the past three years, and owns a career 4.54 ERA over 67.1 innings. Even if Schultz leaves camp with a job on the 25-man-roster, he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact as he'll primarily be used in low-leverage situations.

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